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General Dentist Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for general dentists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of general dentists among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of General Dentists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$56,950
25th Percentile Wage
$74,660
50th Percentile Wage
$145,400
75th Percentile Wage
$184,440
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for general dentists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $184,440. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $145,400. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $56,950.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27.38
25th Percentile Wage
$35.89
50th Percentile Wage
$69.90
75th Percentile Wage
$88.67
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for general dentists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 75th percentile wage is $88.67. The median hourly salary is $69.90. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27.38.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of general dentists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016145,400-5.69%12.17%
2015153,6809.98%-
2014138,3402.51%-
2013134,8705.32%-
2012127,700--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of General Dentists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of general dentists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of general dentists in state of California ranges from $64,390 to $202,200. The highest paying area for general dentists in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $202,200. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Visalia-Porterville (mean annual salary $199,450). The lowest paying area is Stockton with a median annual salary of $64,390.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$202,200
Visalia-Porterville
$199,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$192,120
Hanford-Corcoran
$191,680
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$189,800
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$182,270
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$180,690
Fresno
$170,380
Salinas
$168,140
Vallejo-Fairfield
$161,680
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$161,640
Modesto
$161,180
Napa
$155,850
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$152,870
El Centro
$151,780
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$146,780
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$144,180
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$142,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$133,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$132,990
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$131,560
Bakersfield-Delano
$125,930
Madera-Chowchilla
$124,770
Yuba City
$124,540
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$121,670
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$117,200
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$116,290
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$101,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$99,730
Stockton
$64,390


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